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Driving whilst impaired by drugs, or whilst you have certain drugs above a specified level in your blood is illegal. If you are convicted of a drug driving offence, you could face losing your driving license, an unlimited fine and up to 6-months in prison.
Get the legal advice you need from a specialist Criminal Law Solicitor to help defend you against a drug driving charge, call Canter Levin & Berg Solicitors now on 0151 352 0016 during working hours or 07769 931 027 at other times.
When you contact us, you can be sure our solicitors will use their expertise to make sure you have the best possible legal representation. We will provide you with advice at every step of the criminal justice process whilst ensuring that your side of the story is heard.
Our solicitors approach the defence of your drug driving charges with the emphasis on achieving the best possible outcome for you, given the circumstances of your case and the strength of any evidence presented by the prosecution.
What this means for your particular case will vary. It might mean that our solicitors will work to secure your acquittal (when you are found not guilty) from the charges you are facing. Or it might mean finding exceptional circumstances that mean you could avoid being disqualified from driving and keep your licence.
Even in cases where there is substantial evidence against you, by carefully examining each piece of evidence we may be able to secure a reduction in the length of your driving ban, or our solicitors might be able to help you to avoid a custodial sentence.
We offer a range of fixed fee legal services for specific driving offences, including drug driving offences. For more information please view our guide to fixed fee legal advice for driving offences.
We also offer legal advice to people who have been charged with a Drink Driving offence.
The drug driving laws in the UK make it illegal to drive if your driving is impaired because you are on drugs or if you have certain drugs above a specified level in your blood. Limits for 8 legal prescription drugs and 8 illegal drugs were introduced by the government on 2nd March 2015, in addition to the impairment test.
This means that if the Police stop you because they suspect you’ve been driving whilst on drugs, you could now face a new roadside drug test or the traditional “field impairment” test. Currently the Police can only test at the roadside for two of the 16 drugs named in the most recent drug driving legislation, Cocaine and Cannabis, but in future they will receive new drug testing kits allowing them to detect a wider range of substances in your blood or breath.
The new driving offence which came into effect on 2nd March 2015 set specific threshold limits for 8 legal prescription drugs and 8 illegal drugs. These thresholds refer to the amount of each specific drug within your blood, measured in micrograms per litre (µg/L).
As you can see in the tables below, the limits for the 8 legal prescription drugs have been set at a much higher level than those for the 8 illegal drugs, to take into account the normal amount of these drugs someone taking them on prescription would have in their blood.
|Illegal Drugs||Threshold limit in blood|
|lysergic acid diethylamide||1µg/L|
|Legal Prescription Drugs||Threshold limit in blood|
Whilst the Police can currently only test for the presence of cocaine and cannabis at the roadside, if officers suspect you are driving under the influence of drugs, then you can be taken to a Police Station to provide a blood or urine sample for further testing.
If you’re convicted of a drug driving offence in England and Wales, the punishment you face will depend on the severity of the offence you have committed. Causing an accident that results in damage to property, injuries to pedestrians or other road users or deaths will attract a much harsher sentence.
A conviction for drug driving, without any other aggravating factors, will attract a minimum of a 1 year driving ban. You may also receive a fine (which is unlimited) and up to 6 months in prison. Being convicted for drug driving, regardless of the sentence you receive, will leave you with a criminal record and will also be recorded on your driving licence for 11 years.
You may also find that a conviction for drug driving causes you problems such as increased vehicle insurance premiums, difficulty travelling to some other countries and problems finding employment, as your conviction will show on your driving licence.
If you’ve been told you are being charged with a drug driving offence, getting expert legal help at the earliest possible opportunity is the best way to maximise your chances of keeping your licence, as well as avoiding a criminal conviction or a custodial sentence.
Even if the Police say you are not going to be charged with an offence immediately, it is still important to get advice from a qualified drug driving solicitor. This allows you to know what your options are in case you are charged, at a later date, as a result of the Police investigation.
At Canter Levin & Berg our Criminal Law Solicitors have decades of experience helping people who are facing drug driving charges. Call 0151 352 0016 to speak with one of our solicitors to find out how we could help to defend you against a drug driving charge.